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Politics - the Scourge of the Human Race

"...and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth."
-- A. Lincoln

"[D]emocracy is...the line that forms on the right. It is the don't in don't shove. It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust slowly trickles, the dent in the high hat. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere. Democracy is the letter to the editor. Democracy is the score at the beginning of the ninth. It is an idea which hasn't been disproved yet, a song the words of which have not gone bad. It's the mustard on the hot dog and the cream in the rationed coffee. Democracy is a request from a War Board, in the middle of the morning in the middle of a war, wanting to know what democracy is."
-- E.B.White, reprinted in The Wild Flag (1946)

"Freedom is a pretty strange thing. Once you've experienced it, it remains in your heart and no one can take it away."
-- Ai WeiWei, Chinese artist & dissident

"To those who hunger, give bread. To those who have bread, give the hunger for justice."
-- Latin American prayer

" ...I offered my version of a power point presentation, a quilt. The star quilt in the Lakota Tribes tradition depicts the role of every individual in the health of the tribe. And so I offered that story, that belief handed down through generations. I believe we all are family, we all have an important role to play, and if we choose the path of uninvolvement, we are affecting all of the generations to come. We must engage at the personal, political, local level, or we will never make a difference in the world we leave our great, great, great grandchildren. The time is now, the challenge is ours to own and to meet. The baby steps, the little victories, these are what move our community forward. Please join me as we find new ways to think, to work, to communicate, to collaborate, and to celebrate who we are, a diverse and strong community, building on the foundation of the past to create a new future for those to come. As my Latino friends would say, "Todos somos primos", 'we are all cousins'. Let's bring our extended families together to create our new, possible, exciting future."
-- Trish Seiler

"We should be loyal to our country at all times and to our government when it deserves it."
-- Mark Twain

"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."
-- Reinhold Niebuhr

"'Necessity' is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt

"Never depend upon government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals."
-- Margaret Mead

"Socialism will never succeed -- it takes up too many evenings."
Oscar Wilde

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant."
-- Justice Louis Brandeis

"Between victory and defeat, between offense and revenge, lies a third possibility: neither a compromise nor an abandonment, but a marriage."
-- Laurie J. Marks, in Fire Logic, p. 207

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